A woman who quit her job to live in a van with a man she'd only known for 3 days has opened up about her unconventional romance.
Here's the full story...
Rachel Horne clearly doesn't believe that there's a time limit on love.
The twenty-six-year-old, from the United Kingdom, met her now-husband, Frenchman, Florian Roquais, also twenty-six, while on a solo trip in Spain 2 years ago.
And she wasted no time at all in taking things to the next level.
Of course, people are astounded by her tale, with many applauding her for her no-nonsense approach to finding love.
At the time of their meeting, Rachel was working in dementia and end-of-life care...
A job she says left her feeling "trapped and helpless." She explained:
"When I met Florian I had recently finished university and was working in dementia and end of life care while I worked out my next step. I loved building relationships with so many interesting people with stories to tell but I was so devastated each time someone passed away."
Florian, on the other hand, was a seasonal worker...
And would often help out on farms in return for food and board.
He had spent 6 years traveling, living in a tent, and hitchhiking around Europe.
But, when he crossed paths with Rachel in Spain, the pair instantly hit it off.
So much so that, just 3 days after meeting, Rachel returned back to England, quit her job, and embraced a nomadic lifestyle.
Though she admitted that she did have doubts.
"I was worried I was making a mistake. I thought about how humiliated I'd feel if I left everything for him just to come home 2 weeks later with my tail between my legs but I knew that I had to change something drastically."
Her parents were both supportive of her decision...
And even met Florian before they embarked on their adventure. Rachel said:
"They knew that I was unhappy and they hoped that a different life would suit me... They wanted to meet Florian first, so he got a bus over to England to spend a couple of weeks in my family home. He soon got the seal of approval and we set off to Scotland."
However, her friends weren't too convinced.
"My friends were worried, particularly my male friends. They told me I could be heading off with a murdering psychopath and kept reminding me to call them and get them to pick me up if it turns out Florian was a dangerous man. I think it was hard for them to get their head around his way of life, so it made them feel that he must be up to something."
But, regardless of her friends' worries, the couple spent the next 3 months living in a tent in Scotland, where wild camping is legal...
And they loved this new lifestyle so much that they decided to make it permanent - they bought and converted a Peugeot Boxer for £7,852 ($11,000) and transformed it into a cozy living space, complete with solar panels and a solar shower.
Things have worked out perfectly for the pair - and while their relationship has blossomed, Rachel has also adopted a new approach to life.
"Now, I live as close to zero waste as possible and I use plant-based shampoo and laundry detergent that doesn't pollute the water. I have stopped taking flights and buying clothes. Once we take the time to reconnect with nature, it just becomes so much easier to live a simpler life."
After a year together, they tied the knot in Florian's home country, France.
"We decided to get married for a few reasons, partly because of Brexit," Rachel explained. "I realized we wouldn't have the right to live together anymore and that was unthinkable. He is the love of my life and I couldn't bear to be limited to 3 months together then 9 apart."
Rachel now says that she doesn't regret quitting her job for life on the road and says a slower pace of life has helped tremendously with her anxiety.
"The best thing is that I can live a life in line with my values. When you live in a van, you are so much closer to nature - seeing sunsets and sunrises and waking up with the birds, it's beautiful."